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2018 Common Ground Summit

Athens, Ga  //  The Classic Center  //  Thursday, August 2

The Georgia Conservancy's Common Ground Summit will bring together communities large and small interested in sustainable economic futures through conservation and outdoor recreation.

Funding mechanisms, land acquisitions, historic preservation, collaborations, partnerships, marketing - each community or initiative has a unique story to tell. The Common Ground Summit will feature two keynote addresses, eight panel discussions and an afternoon workshop, providing attendees the opportunity to learn about the various approaches taken by communities, organizations and programs to forward a conservation and outdoor recreation-focused economy. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with Georgia’s leaders in conservation, local government and business throughout the day.


Panel Discussions

The Common Ground Summit will feature four panel discussions that examine Georgia communities that are utilizing conservation and outdoor recreation to enhance their economic futures, and four panel discussions that examine regional or statewide programs or initiatives that marry conservation, land-use and/or ecology to the greater economic health of our state.


Carrollton GreenBelt

The newly unveiled 18-mile multi-use path in Carrollton connects economic centers, neighborhoods, schools and universities, as well as existing city parks and waterways. 


Ocmulgee National Park & Preserve

Efforts are well underway in the plan to expand the existing Ocmulgee National Monument into one of the Southeast's largest National Parks - spanning from Macon to Hawkinsville.


PorterDale & The Yellow river

A former mill town, Porterdale in Newton County is experiencing a renaissance through utilizing and enhancing existing resources, both natural and built.


Milton Greenspace Initiative

Voters from the City of Milton went to the ballot in 2016 to pass a local ballot referendum that will dedicate $26 million to public greenspace protection and expansion.



Nature Centers

Welcoming visitors both nearby and afar, nature centers provide communities with the educational lens through which to experience our local environments.

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State Wildlife Management Areas

State-managed lands are a very important component of habitat conservation and for providing recreational opportunities to our many hunters and anglers.



Known globally as an agricultural giant, Georgia's climate and varied geography provide for the diverse crops and unique landscapes that support this sector of our economy.

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Georgia State Parks

For many, our state parks provide an affordable, accessible way to experience Georgia's land and water. They are also the economic backbone for many communities.


If you have any questions regarding the Common Ground Summit, please email Georgia Conservancy Communications Director Brian Foster at